Fabulous. It's not immediately obvious from the street - it's right by the StarHotel Metropole in Via Principe Amedeo, just off Via Cavour, 5 minutes from the main station.
I had used it when in the StarHotel in 2012. I was staying in the vicinity again for 5 nights in September 2013 - and I this time I ate there every night. When I walked in, the owner recognised me immediately, and I got a huge Italian welcome. Whether you are eating alone, in a group, as a couple, are a tourist or an Italian - you will get the same level of warm, relaxed, attentive, good humoured excellent service. And a lovely meal. And locals eat there too - on my third or fourth night there, a local who clearly used it a lot, recognised me, and gave me a warm greeting - that speaks volumes
Service is very prompt, food of a high quality for the mid market price (I travel to Italy 2-3 times a year and have done so for 15-20 years). But it is the warmth of the manager and the atmosphere that makes this such a special place.
Prices more than reasonable - the standard cover charge, delicious starter (eg ham and melon, mixed cold cuts of meat), primi patti (a huge bowl of any number of delicious pasta dishes), mixed salad, large bottle of fizzy water - which was more than enough for me.... I struggled to spend 30 euros! This for a lovely restaurant situated by some expensive hotels!
That locals eat there is the strongest recommendation possible.
Usually, I like variety, experimenting with where I go and what I do. But at the end of a long day sightseeing in Rome, if I know of a place where I will get a lovely meal in a cosy atmosphere run by lovely people ~ why would I even consider going anywhere else? Next time I am in Rome, I know where I am eating my first night. Here.
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